Once a Bluetooth accessory is paired to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it will connect automatically every time the two devices are in sync. This is problematic especially if you did not second the connection in the first place. As a result, you might be prompted to figure out a way of forgetting or unpairing the Bluetooth device. Unpairing/forgetting a device ensures that it doesn’t pair back to your iPhone or iPad or Mac. Here is how to unpair Bluetooth devices on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
How to Unpair Bluetooth Devices on your iPhone and iPad
Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2: Select Bluetooth.
Step 3: Under the “My Devices” section, you will be able to see the list of devices that your iPhone/iPad has paired with via Bluetooth. Find the device you would like to forget/unpair and tap the (i) icon next to it.
Step 4: Tap on “Forget This Device.” On the next prompt, you will be required to confirm whether you want to unpair the Bluetooth device. Click on “Forget Device” to continue. The device will be forgotten immediately. To confirm this, you will notice that the device in question is no longer listed under the My Devices section.
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How to Pair Bluetooth Devices on your iPhone and iPad
Step 1: Go to your device Settings, tap on Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth. Stay on this screen until you’ve completed the steps to pair your accessory.
Step 2: Place your accessory in discovery mode and wait for it to appear on your device. If you can’t see it or aren’t sure how to make it discoverable, check the instructions that came with your accessory or contact the manufacturer.
Step 3: To pair, tap your accessory name when it appears on the screen. You may need to enter the PIN or passcode. If you aren’t sure what your PIN or passcode is, check the documentation for your accessory.
How to Unpair/Forget Bluetooth Devices on your Mac
Step 1: Go to the Apple menu and choose ‘System Preferences‘
Step 2: Choose the “Bluetooth” preference panel.
Step 3: Locate and click on the Bluetooth device you want to disconnect and remove from the Mac.
Step 4: Click the (X) button to remove the Bluetooth Device.
Step 5: Confirm that you want to remove and unpair the Bluetooth device from the Mac.
Quick Note: If you have a W1-enabled device, such as AirPods, unpairing your device will unpair it from all other devices connected via your iCloud account.
Usually, individuals confuse unpairing/removing Bluetooth devices with disconnecting Bluetooth devices. The former is persistent until the Bluetooth accessory has been synced to the Mac again, whereas the latter is temporary until the Bluetooth accessory has been reconnected. To disconnect a Bluetooth accessory, launch the Bluetooth menu item on your Mac, select the accessory and click disconnect.